Father says he killed son in fit of jealousy

2013-05-17 00:00

THE more Sbonelo Ndlela (25) brooded over the “fickleness” of his former lover and mother of his child, Samu Ngubane, the angrier he became, until he decided to vent his anger by killing their son, Ayabongwa.

“I used a knife that I regularly carried … to stab [Ayabongwa] repeatedly on his chest and abdomen.

“Although he cried, I continued stabbing him until Samu’s family members came … and I fled …” Ndlela said in a statement when he pleaded guilty to murder in the high court yesterday.

The three-year-old was taken to Appelsbosch hospital, where he died.

Acting Judge Piet Bezuidenhout will hear submissions before sentencing on July 1, when state advocate Candy Kander is expected to present victim impact statements, detailing the consequences of the murder on the family.

Ndlela, of Swayimane, near Wartburg, said he and Ngubane also have a four-year-old daughter.

He described their relationship as “stormy” and said he had suspected her of cheating on him. On May 1, she admitted to having an affair, claiming that Ndlela “was a drunkard”.

“She also told me to leave her alone as she wanted to meet her new lover.” She left with an “unknown taxi driver”.

Ndlela said he drank at two taverns before going to Ngubane’s parental home to check if she’d returned home. But she was still “out and about”.

Ndlela said he put Ayabongwa to bed and then called Ngubane on her cellphone. An unknown man answered and hung up when he asked to speak to Samu.

“I began to brood over Samu’s fickleness … Frustrated that I could not vent my anger on Samu, I decided to kill the deceased in order to hurt Samu. I wanted her to feel the same pain as me.”

He said he was not drunk. “When I stabbed the deceased, I intended to kill him,” he said.

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